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March 2011

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Best Practices In Sustainable Management

An evening with sustainability leaders discussing how to implement best practices and maximize ROI for your organization.

Businesses play an important role in reducing our carbon footprint. At this month's Sustainable Forum, sustainable industry leaders UPS and Cisco Systems will discuss how their partnership on sustainability has helped reduce Cisco’s CO2 emissions globally. UPS and Cisco will also discuss their own internal sustainability programs and initiatives with a focus on best practices and maximizing ROI for your organization. 


PhotoNancy Parmer
Sustainability Manager

As Manager of Sustainability, Customer Solutions Group, Nancy’s expertise supports the ethical corporate practices associated with UPS’s economic, environmental and social leadership. Her position requires collaboration with external audiences, including government agencies, NGO’s, customers, and other companies, to serve as a resource for environmental knowledge, concepts and green solutions. 

Nancy was awarded the 2008 Global EXEC Women International Women of Influence Award for outstanding international contribution by a female executive in the large business category.

Nancy brings an extensive amount of domestic and international experience in logistics and transportation management. In her prior position, Director of Logistics Services for the Asia Pacific region, she was stationed in Hong Kong. Her team oversaw the build out and implementation of several multi-client logistics warehouses for clients such as GE Medical and Philips Medical Systems. Her work in China also included an open exchange and appreciation of each others’ cultural diversities.

PhotoJohn Malian
Global Supply Chain Manager - Design for Sustainability
Cisco Systems

John is a Global Supply Chain Manager in the Design for Sustainability Organization at Cisco Systems. He is a twelve-year veteran at Cisco Systems, starting within the Test Engineering Organization and moving to Environmental Sustainability in early 2009. John’s focus areas include: Life Cycle Assessment, Product Carbon Footprint, Power Efficiency, and management of the environmental impact of Cisco’s global supply chain. John received his degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics at California State University, Chico in 1998 and obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix while working at Cisco.

PhotoModerated by Jonathan Storper
Partner, Sustainable Business Group Chair
Hanson Bridgett

Thursday, March 17th
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Hanson Bridgett LLP
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San Francisco, California
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Space is limited.
Cost: $45.00

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Criterion Ventures Structure Lab

Participants will have a clear understanding of the range of possible legal structures that can be employed for their newly forming venture, pros and cons of each of those structures as it applies to their prospective venture, and will be prepared to work with legal counsel to take the next steps in understanding and establishing the optimal legal structure.

Thursday, June 9th
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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San Francisco, California
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The Competitive Edge Workshop Series:
Financial Tools for Green Building Investments

A Three-Part Workshop Series Presented by
USGBC-NCC and Hanson Bridgett

Learn to develop a credible green building business case and communicate its value in three groundbreaking workshops.

Part Two: Investment Analysis of Green Buildings

Thursday, March 31st
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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425 Market Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, California
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Part Three: Financial Considerations of Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Thursday, May 12th
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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San Francisco, California
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Why Your Next Building Project Needs a Commissioning Authority
by Joel Darrington

One particular LEED® requirement impacts all projects seeking a LEED rating for new construction or major renovations – the need for a commissioning authority to oversee the commissioning of the building's new systems. In addition, CALGreen requires commissioning for new private nonresidential buildings greater than 10,000 square feet, and with some care in structuring commissioning activities, a project should be able to satisfy the commissioning requirements of both LEED and CALGreen without much added difficulty. San Francisco's Green Building Ordinance now requires all new "mid-size" and "large" commercial buildings to meet LEED commissioning requirements.

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Hanson Bridgett welcomes attorney Michael Gorback to our Business section, working out of our Silicon Valley Office. Michael represents private and public companies at all stages of growth.

Congratulations to Teresa Pahl on her election to the Pacific Community Ventures Board of Directors.

On March 3rd Hanson Bridgett hosted Pacific Community Ventures Advisor Event.

On March 7th Hanson Bridgett hosted VC Taskforce’s Seed-Stage Angel Elevator Pitch.

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Transform Your Career with Presidio's Executive Certificate in Sustainable Leadership

Presidio Graduate School's Executive Certificate Program in sustainable management allowed Rich Goode, Senior Director of Sustainability at Alcatel Lucent, to articulate the business case for sustainability and transform business as usual. Learn how others have transformed their careers at Presidio and how to apply for the program in San Francisco this spring.

The deadline to apply for the San Francisco program is March 25, 2011. For more information, email certificate@presidioedu.org or call Carl Schneebeck at (415) 655-8956.

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East Bay Series: Cleantech Software – Dealing with Demand
co-sponsored by Claremont Creek Venture

While companies that produce clean energy have garnered mega-sized deals, not all investors are enamored with the supply-side of the energy equation. If you’re an entrepreneur with an idea or are gearing up to raise money, you won’t want to miss this important event!

Panelists include:
Rodrigo Prudencio, Nth POWER
Jai Das, SAP Ventures
Curtis Feeney, Voyager Capital
Christina Ellwood, Moreland Associates (Moderator)

Wednesday, March 16th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Drive
Danville, California

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SVN's 2011 Innovation Awards: Now Accepting Applications!

Now in its fifth year, the SVN Innovation Awards recognize the most promising social ventures and innovative entrepreneurs working to create a more sustainable world. The award winners are invited to join the SVN community to help them achieve their potential and scale their impact by connecting them to the resources and people of SVN. Award winners will receive SVN membership for a year and conference registration for the Fall 2011 Conference including travel and accommodations.

For more information, check out the application, rules and past winners.

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Angel Capital Expo

The Angel Capital Expo event is a premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses. The event will include company pitch presentations, a panel on private equity, demo tables for startups in the leading industries in our exhibit hall and test drives in the exciting Tesla Roadster.

The Expo is an annual event organized by Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups as well as reach out to the larger investment community.

Thursday, March 24th
7:00 am - 3:30 pm

1065 La Avenida Street, Building #1
Mountain View, California

$45 discount using code PARTNER45 at checkout.

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2011 Spring Venture Fair & Forum

The IC Spring 2011 Venture Fair and Forum brings together active early stage investors with a shared commitment to building a sustainable economy, transforming our communities, and supporting entrepreneurs that are creating solutions to social and environmental challenges. IC Spring 2011 supports great entrepreneurs that are addressing social and environmental issues! They'll look at 15-20 high impact deals and opportunities that are seeking investment now. Experience a program that provides ample networking time and space, highly collaborative knowledge sharing workshops plus a due diligence process that starts right away!

Who should attend: Investors' Circle members, angel investors, fund managers, family office managers, foundation executives and trustees, wealth, financial and philanthropic advisers and their clients and other accredited investors only.

May 2nd - 4th
7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Westin on Market
50 Third Street
San Francisco, California

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Plug and Play iEXPO features 40 companies pitching to 50 Venture Capital investors looking for the next big idea. Each company selected will have the opportunity to “wow” investors for two minutes. iEXPO brings together Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs, key venture capitalists and angel investors. The one day Expo is a unique blend of presentation sessions, one-on-one demonstrations, and networking in a highly interactive, intimate, relaxed atmosphere.

Thursday, March 31st
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Plug and Play Tech Center
440 North Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, California
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This conference is designed to introduce entrepreneurs and investors to the issues and opportunities in the Smart Grid. Understanding today’s ecosystem and key players provides the foundational knowledge necessary to research market and technology feasibility. Interactive discussions with industry players will deliver insights into how your new innovations can be introduced to improve the electricity supply chain and accelerate the Smart Grid vision.

Thursday, April 14th
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Plug and Play Tech Center
440 North Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, California
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“Federal mentoring program targets clean tech startups.” Sustainable Industries.  

“Status of California Renewable Policy in 2011.” Environmental Leader. 

“San Francisco Passes Energy Audit Mandate.” Environmental Leader. 

“Department of Defense to Turn Landfill Gases into Sustainable Renewable Clean Energy with FlexEnergy Powerstation™.” PR Newswire. 

“D.C. reneges on aid to install solar panels.” Washington Post. 

“US Plans for Green Exports.” Renewable Energy World. 

“The Future of Clean Energy Rests on Consumers and Electric Vehicles.” Reuters. 

“Jerry Brown's tough choice: green energy in hard economic times.” Christian Science Monitor. 

“San Francisco Building Owners Required to Disclose Energy Consumption.” Construction Digital. 

“Wind-Powered Cargo Ships Make a Comeback.” Clean Technica. 

“CleanTech REIT: Investing in Green Renewable Energy.” Green-buildings.com. 

“Solar Projects Pit Green Against Green.” New York Times Green Blog. 

“Sodexo, Costco Make Sustainable Seafood Commitments.” SustainableBusiness.com. 

“Four Rules For Clean-Tech Start-Ups To Make It Big.” WSJ Blog - Venture Capital. 

“The Top 10 Clean-Tech Companies.” Wall Street Journal. 

“Developing Sustainability through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).” Green-buildings.com. 

“Palo Alto hitches economic future to green innovation.” Palo Alto Online News

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MARCH 2011

East Bay Series: Cleantech Software – Dealing with Demand, Danville, CA

Hanson Bridgett's Sustainable Business Leadership Forum: March, San Francisco, CA

Keiretsu Forum 2011 Angel Capital Expo, Mountain View, CA

Hub Gathering: Bay Area Food Sector Convergence, Berkeley, CA

Government Surveillance in a Digital World: An Evening with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, CA

ACI National Home Performance Conference 2011, San Francisco, CA 

Hub Pitch Series: After Dinner Pitch, Berkeley, CA

Moving the Needle on Wicked Problems: How to Build a Network to Change a System, San Francisco, CA

USGBC’s Competitive Edge Workshop Series Part Two: Investment Analysis of Green Buildings, San Francisco, CA

Plug and Play’s iEXPO, Sunnyvale, CA

Hub Workshop: How to Make a Video that Doesn't Stink for Under $100, Berkeley, CA

APRIL 2011

Environmental Regulation 2011: Managing in the Face of Rapid Change, San Francisco, CA

BioCycle Global 2011: International Conference On Composting, Renewable Energy & Organics Recycling, San Diego, CA

Plug and Play’s Smart Grid, Sunnyvale, CA

Backyard Biomimicry Workshop, San Francisco, CA

Green California Summit, Sacramento, CA

May 2011

Investors’ Circle 2011 Spring Venture Fair & Forum, San Francisco, CA

The Networked Grid 2011, San Francisco, CA

Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo 2011, Long Beach, CA

USGBC’s Competitive Edge Workshop Series Part Three: Financial Considerations of Energy Efficiency Retrofits, San Francisco, CA

Greenlife Eco Fest, Grass Valley, CA

June 2011

Sustainable Brands ’11, Monterey, CA

Criterion Ventures Structure Lab, San Francisco, CA

Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy, Davis, CA

West Coast Energy Management Congress 2011, Long Beach, CA  

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Hanson Bridgett is a leading provider of legal services to organizations engaged in sustainable business.
Our clients, who range from large corporations to cutting edge start-ups and socially responsible investors, have selected us because we help them succeed and foster the growth of the sustainable business movement. Our attorneys provide legal advisory services and offer in-depth expertise in the areas of:

  • Clean Technologies
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Green Building, Transportation and Smart Development
  • Sustainable Products and Services
  • Responsible Finance
  • Corporate Responsibility and Governance
  • Responsible Branding and Promotion

Teresa V. Pahl, Partner   Teresa V. Pahl
(415) 995-5079
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Jonathan S. Storper, Partner   Jonathan S. Storper
(415) 995-5040
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Scott C. Smith, Partner   Scott C. Smith
(415) 995-5892
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Yolanda C. Manzone, Associate   Leslie A. Keil
Senior Counsel
(415) 995-5125
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